The members of Kittie were around 14 years old when they wrote the bulk of their debut, Spit. Considering this fact, the tracks are a shockingly well written and performed nu-metal/groove metal hybrid.
There was a lot of hype surrounding the impending release of Spit, partially because they were a modern metal band comprised of young women when nu-metal was seen very much as a boys club, but also because they had the talent to back up the hype.
Such was the hype for Spit that it even reached me and my friends – a bunch of nu metal kids in regional South Australia back in an era where the internet wasn’t readily accessible to learn about all the new bands coming up. Instead, a well-placed ad in a magazine had our attention. Shortly after, one of us trekked to a record store to order in a copy of the upcoming album on CD. This was a tall ask for this store – it wasn’t Metallica or Madonna, after all.
Many months later (or perhaps it was weeks, everything seems worse when you’re a teenager), my friend’s copy of Spit arrived. We gathered around the stereo and, from the opening riffs of Brackish, I was sold. The hype was deserved. This was a fucking exciting band.
And that’s before we even get to talking about their evolution and growth as musicians over the subsequent years…
As Kittie matured, so did their influences and sound. The went from nu-metal to a heavier alternative metal sound, incorporating more and more heavy vocals, before growing into a truly monstrous, wall- rattling sitting somewhere between groove metal and melodic death metal.
Because of my history with Kittie, their importance to my nascent love of music discovery, and the fact their sound matured as my tastes did, they will always be a very special band to me.
Kittie will forever be a sonic time machine, mentally launching me back to the many periods in my history I associate them with, and I’ll be forever thankful for their contributions to the soundtrack of my life.